(physical media spotlight)
Arrow Video has long been one of my favorite boutique Blu-ray companies. Some of the most cherished items in my physical media collection are from Arrow. Their known for meticulous restorations and including a vast array of bonus content with their releases. In the past they’ve offered standard 1080p Blu-ray’s but recently they announced their entry into the 4K market.
Pitch Black is the first of these offerings and I’m happy to report it does not disappoint. This movie has never looked better and the new 4K restoration is superb with good grain structure and excellent use of Dolby Vision, particularly in the darkest sequences(towards the back half of the film).
A Dolby Atmos track is unfortunately missing but the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio gets the job done. The disc comes neatly packaged in a black Blu-ray case with reversible artwork, a 43-page color booklet with information about the restoration, cast/crew and more. Sadly, a slipcover is not included and this is the one thing that would of elevated the release and made it feel more like a “true” special edition.
Nitpicks aside, this is a worthy addition to any physical media collection and I can whole heartedly recommend it.
I hope you enjoy the original photos that I took of my personal copy(see the photo gallery below). I’ll also include some detailed notes(from the manufacturer) about the specs and bonus features.
ULTRA HD 4K BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director s Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy.
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible).
- Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts.
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts.
- Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser.
- Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang.
- Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy.
- Black Box: Jackie’s Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith.
- Black Box: Shazza’s Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black.
- Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby.
- Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang.
- Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell.
- The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette
Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage.
- Additional behind-the-scenes making of footage.
- 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia.
- Johns Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character s hunt for Riddick.
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles.
- Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a pre-animation version of the film.
- Slam City, a motion comic from the film s official website.
- Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film.
- Raveworld: Pitch Black Event footage.
- Theatrical trailers, sequels & video game trailers.
- Image galleries.
- Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned ‘night’ and ‘day’ artwork by Luke Preece.
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors booklet feat. new writing by Simon Ward on the film’s creature designs, original production notes, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel from Starlog magazine.